69% of Australian orgs expect a data breach this year


By Dylan Bushell-Embling
Friday, 06 August, 2021

69% of Australian orgs expect a data breach this year

Nearly seven in 10 (69%) Australian organisations expect to experience a data breach that impacts customer data in the next 12 months, research from Trend Micro suggests.

The security company’s biannual Cyber Risk Index report found that Australia has a global risk index of -0.89 on a -10 to 10 scale. This is significantly ahead of the global index of -0.42.

According to the report, 30% of Australian organisations have experienced seven or more cyber attacks that infiltrated their networks and systems, with 24% having suffered seven or more breaches of customer data over the past year alone.

Across Asia Pacific, the top cyber risks were found to be ransomware, watering hole attacks, advanced persistent threats, malicious insiders, and fileless attacks.

The top risks to infrastructure in Asia Pacific include malicious insiders, cloud computing infrastructure and providers, and organisational misalignment and complexity.

“Once again we’ve found plenty to keep CISOs awake at night, from operational and infrastructure risks to data protection, threat activity and human-shaped challenges,” Trend Micro Director and Data Scientist Dr Jon Oliver commented.

“To lower cyber risk, organisations must be better prepared by going back to basics, identifying the critical data most at risk, focusing on the threats that matter most to their business, and delivering multi-layered protection from comprehensive, connected platforms.”

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Brian Jackson

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